16:9 display aspect ratio – Why it makes sense?
Till date, all iPhones have maintained a 3.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Apple has debuted 960 x 640 resolution in iPhone 4 and 4S.
Currently the ppi is 326 in iPhone 4S and the aspect ratio is 3:2. To maintain the Retina quality of the display, Apple cannot simply increase the screen size to 4-inch as that would significantly decrease the number of ppi to 288.
Timothy’s idea here is to change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 16:9 and that’s the only sensible way to increase the screen size while maintaining the same Retina resolution.
Shorter Side Will Remain Shorter, Only Elongate iPhone 5
According to Timothy, the shorter side of the iPhones screen will remain the same, i.e. 640 pixels at 1.94-inches while the longer side will become 3.49-inches and will have 1152 pixels. Previously it was 2.91-inches with 960 pixels (a flat 20-perecnt increase in the pixels in the new phone).
Following this rule, the diagonal length of the phone will be 3.99-inches, which can easily be converted into 4 inches.
16:9 Screen Aspect Indicates Major Changes in iPhone 5
Bigger Homescreen - The new homescreen will house another row of app icons in the bottom.
Apps Look Bad on a Stretched Screen - Contesting the post that was published on The Verge showcasing only the portrait look of the changed display with apps running on it, TheRussiansUsedaPencil.Com says that apps that are designed for both portrait and landscape orientations, simply look bad on the landscape mode with the stretched screen size. Even the virtual keyboard does not look impressive. Apple, however, we believe will come up with a solution here to mitigate the landscape problem on the stretched screen.
Increased competition and confusion about the iPhone 5 has resulted in Apple’s stock dropping in value for five straight days. Has the bubble finally burst?
Not just yet. At over $614 a share Apple is still the world’s most valuable technology company – and by quite a long way, too. Amazon’s stock ($196 a share), for instance, looks practically affordable when viewed next to Apple’s at its current value.
However more and more investors are cashing in their stock, and this is something that is expected to continue. ‘More cautious investors are re-evaluating their positions and cashing in some holdings ahead of Apple’s second-quarter earnings next Tuesday,’ reports Reuters.
It added: ‘There’s reason for caution: Apple’s shares surged nearly 60 percent to a high of $644 this year. The slightest sign of trouble in the earnings report may prompt further profit-taking.’
This isn’t the first time Apple’s lost stock valuation despite great sales and even better future prospects. Back in October 2011 Apple failed to meet Wall Street’s predictions. This resulted in a seven per cent drop in value, illustrating that even Apple has bad days.
How much bigger can Apple get? Over $600 a share is pretty ridiculous as it is – could it hit $700 or even $1,000 eventually? Maybe – given time, the right product launches and a bit of luck. But it’s the next few months that Apple needs to worry about according to Channing Smith, co-manager at Capital Advisors Growth Fund.
Speaking to Reuters, Smith said: ‘any disappointment in Apple could lead to a significant sell off in the short term.’
He added: ‘are we long-term believers in Apple? Absolutely, but as we move forward…you get up here to over $600 and you say, ‘Hmm, this is getting pretty frothy, expectations may be getting out of line.’
Apple is estimated to have sold between 30 million and 35 million iPhones and around 13 million iPads on average last quarter, according to Wall Street analysts.
Can Apple sustain this rally indefinitely though appears to be the more sensible question?
There’s a first time for everything – but we wouldn’t bet on it long term. No one stays at the top forever.
The Apple website’s job section listed an opening for iOS software engineer, with the requirements as follows – a “skilled developer” with experience and skill in Computer Vision, Image Analysis and 3D Geometry.
Sounds interesting, even as 3D technology is still in its infancy as far as usage on smartphones is concerned. The thought of viewing photos and videos in three-dimensional mode or using this technology to enhance camera features is quite tantalizing indeed.
Going back to 3D’s challenges as an integral smartphone feature, one would have to go back to the HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D, two 3D-enhanced models that have been on the market for some time. These phones have not exactly been flying off retail stores’ shelves, so it is also possible Apple may be needing a 3D-skilled software engineer for some other device. The Apple iTV/iPanel is one possibility, as this is one device that has recently been rumored to be due for a 2012 release.
The iPhone 5 is tentatively expected to be released either in the summer or fall of 2012. Recently most of the specs-related rumors for the upcoming next-gen smartphone have revolved around screen size, form factor and Retina Display. Screen size, in specific, has been a hot topic, as this might finally be the year Apple goes beyond 3.5 inches for its iPhone’s display.
Which is the one for you – iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III?
The Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 will be arriving this year. Most expect a summer release for the Galaxy S III and a slightly later release – potentially Q3 – for the iPhone 5, although there’s no definitive word on either just yet.
But while there’s plenty of uncertainty about the two device’s release dates, there’s absolutely none about just how huge they’re going to be once they get launched globally.Expect huge queues, loads of shipment delays, and hoards of people clamouring over one another to get their hands on the first batch of handsets on launch day. In other words: utter consumer madness.
But which is the one for you – the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S III?
Well that depends on a number of factors – what works for one user might not suit the other. There are also certain things that Android does better than iOS and vice versa. Generally speaking, though, the vast majority of differences between iOS and Android are mostly subjective, meaning they will not affect the average user too much.
The battle lines this time around are likely to be drawn along the lines of hardware – so, processor, RAM and display technology – and how the devices will look. We’d also expect bolt-on features like HSPA+, Bluetooth 4 and NFC to feature quite prominently in the marketing material too as we move towards 2013.
Here’s a breakdown of everything we know so far about the two up-and-coming handsets
Apple’s iPhone 5, according to a multitude of reports, will be the update that everybody is waiting for. That means a redesigned chassis and a larger display – potentially 4-inches. Many, including us, expected to see both of these things included on the last iPhone update but instead we got the iPhone 4S.
Apple cannot make the same mistake twice – it needs to launch a new-look iPhone. Just what this new iPhone will look like is anyone’s guess, but we’d expect it to feature at least a 4-inch display, a thinner overall chassis and potentially curved aluminium back panel – as some mock-ups of the handset have suggested.
Latest word on the street suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy S III might not be the update everybody has been expecting. Some sources have claimed that the Galaxy S III will be more of an iPhone 4S-type update than a major one, meaning small incremental changes to hardware and software but very little on the actual design front.
Eldar Murtazin, who claims to have obtained a handset, says that it features an HD resolution screen, a 12-megapixel camera, and will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other leaks suggest that it will be a lot bigger than last year’s Galaxy S2 and feature a 4.8-inch ‘full HD’ 1280×1024 pixels display and an ultra-slim chassis. At present though neither theories can be confirmed – both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III are shrouded in secrecy.
Our money, however, would be on the iPhone 5. Apple will have been working steadily on the design of the iPhone 5 since the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010. We don’t know what it will look like but Jonny Ive and his industrial design team are usually very much on the money.
Samsung, on the other hand, aren’t quiet as innovative as Apple in the design department. A mere glance at the company’s laptops and tablets reveals this point.
The iPhone 4S used Apple’s A5 chipset and the new iPad uses Apple’s GPU-pumped A5X set-up. All signs point to the iPhone 5 featuring Apple’s long-rumoured 28nm A6 quad-core chipset. That said we do have reason to believe that Apple might not go the quad-core route with its A6 chipset.
Apple’s software and hardware optimisation, for instance, usually means that its devices can do more with less. This is the reason why Apple often underclocks its CPUs. Google’s Android platform, on the other, is the exact opposite becoming more and more hardware-centric with each update.
That means that the out of the two the Samsung Galaxy S III’s processor is likely to be more impressive, at least on paper anyway. Latest reports suggest that Samsung will use its Exynos 5 CPU in the Galaxy S III – the details of which launched online back in March.
Samsung’s Exynos5 is a 32nm A15 core chip that sports an ARM Mali T-604 MP4 GPU. ‘It will run at up to 2GHz, two CPU cores, four GPU cores, and 64-bit memory up to 1600MHz,’ according to Semi-Accurate. These speeds will not make the Galaxy S III, however. So what we’ll be getting is a significantly underclocked, but still equally impressive, quad core chipset.
Less is known about Apple’s A6 chipset. Some reports claim that Apple is switching from Samsung to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which has been ramping up production of its 28nm chips since Q4 of 2011.
‘Apple’s primary chipmaker remains Samsung,’ reports Apple Insider, ‘though Apple was said to have signed a major foundry agreement with TSMC last year to build future ARM-based process. One report last September claimed that Apple would use a 28nm process for a so-called “A6″ processor, while an A7 chip would rely on the even smaller 20nm process.’
All told: both devices will feature truly awesome processors. So which ever you go for you won’t be disappointed. A lot of noise is made about processors and how well they score in benchmarks but for all intents and purposes the difference in general day-to-day performance between the iPhone 5’s and the Galaxy S III’s Exynos 5 set-up will be negligible – at least to the average user anyway.
We can’t see Apple changing the camera set-up on the iPhone 5 if we’re honest. The update that was present in the iPhone 4S was pretty extensive, bringing tons of new features and significantly improved image quality. 1080p video recording was also added thanks to the advent of its dual-core CPU.
There’s talk that the Galaxy S III will feature a 12-megapixel camera with full support for 1080p video quality. This sounds a bit “out there” to us given Samsung’s track record with imaging on its smartphones – the original Galaxy S didn’t even use a flash.
Having said that mobile cameras are getting a lot better, something HTC has shown with its latest One range of handsets, so we expect Samsung to definitely up the ante – just not by that much. Expect a fairly large-aperture f/2.0 lens for improved low-light shots and plenty of new effects and filters.
This is the big one: will the Galaxy S III’s rumoured 4.8-inch “full HD” 1280×1024 pixels display beat Apple’s Retina Display? According to reports from inside Asia, Samsung’s Galaxy S III will use a Super AMOLED Plus HD display, which has a pixel density of 319ppi.
If this is indeed the case then Samsung’s new Super AMOLED Plus HD display will not knock Apple’s Retina Display off the top spot. Apple’s Retina Display boats a pixel density of 326ppi, which is slightly more than the alleged Galaxy S III set up.
Having said that – once you get past a pixel density of 300ppi you’re eyes will not be able to discern the difference, especially when it’s only a matter of a measly 7ppi.
At present it’s unclear what Apple’s intentions are regarding a software update to coincide with the launch of its iPhone 5. Usually Apple will announce a new version of its software just prior to launching some new hardware, like an iPad or a new iPhone. Still iOS6 is likely to be the next software update Apple releases, following a slew of incremental iOS 5.x updates – and it’s likely to be a big one.
We’re expecting to see some serious UI changes, NFC-support, maybe some software-level Facebook integration, better iCloud and iTunes integration, faster browsing on Safari and lots of improvements – we hope – to Siri. Other than that we think Apple will leave it alone. The company is in a strong position already and it will not want to jeopardise that by alienating core users through too many changes.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be the OS of choice for the Galaxy S III no doubt. But with talk of Android 5.0 (AKA Jelly Bean) on the way for a release before the close of 2012 how long will the Galaxy S III’s software remain relevant?
We all know the issues and problems associated with the Android updating process. So if always having the latest software is important to you, you might want to have a think about the following situation long and hard before opting into Google’s Android ecosystem: only 1 per cent of all Android handsets currently in use have the latest version of Google’s software on them.
That said, if you root your Android handset and embrace the exciting world of ROM flashing, you’re handset will always be up-to-date, providing the manufacturer hasn’t locked the boot-loader.
In short: if you like tinkering around with your phone’s software: Android is the one for you, offering tons of customisations and modification options. Alternatively, if you’d rather leave this type of thing to the experts you’re probably better off with an iPhone or, failing that, another closed source device from either Microsoft or RIM.
We’ve also found that the quality of applications and games on Apple’s App Store are generally higher than those found on the Google Play marketplace. That said there are more free applications and games available on Google’s app store, which will no doubt be attractive to many users.
Overall we’d be more inclined to go with the iPhone 5 over Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Now we know that this will anger a lot of Android users, especially since ‘better’ is very subjective in its application here.
Looking at the facts though – and what we already know about Android and iOS – we personally think Apple offers a more attractive ecosystem with iOS than Google does with Android. We do not dispute that the Galaxy S III will probably feature better spec than the iPhone 5 – that’s almost a given with the current state of Android.
For the average user though we think Apple offers better value for money and is the more sensible choice. Its updating process is better, it’s easy to use, there’s no emphasis on doing anything other than consuming media and there’s tons of applications and games available, as well as lots of bolted on service like Siri, iCloud and iTunes.
…But we do love Android though. It’s such a difficult decision.
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The analyst reports that on average Apple shares have rallied 31% in the six months ahead of a major iPhone release.
“Since we believe that the iPhone 5 cycle will be particularly special – and will start in the September timeframe – it is not time to give up on Apple’s stock right now in our opinion,” he writes. “In fact, it seems the [recent] volatility represents a buying opportunity.
Two other key points from Reitzes’ note.
- Reitzes thinks recent concerns that have weighed on the stock – subsidies, Mac weakness, overblown expectations for iPad and iPhone – are all over done. “None of these potential issues are a major near-term concern for us,” he writes. “Our model has iPhone ASP’s declining over time and we believe Apple can sustain industry high subsidies in general given industry high ARPU’s.”
- The analyst adds that he has confirmed that Apple is testing a store-in-store concept with Wal-Mart, a subject that has been the subject of significant blog chatter over the last few days. He contends that the approach could eventually be a significant contributor to sales for the company. Reitzes points out the obvious – that Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer, with 3,868 stores and 611 Sam’ Clubs in the U.S., and another 5,651 stores outside the U.S.
AAPL today is down $5.16, or 0.9%, to $604.54.
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The next iPhone may have a back case made from a lightweight metal alloy that replaces the current glass back, according to a report from Korean news site ETNews. The new back would be based on metal technologies acquired by Apple in its purchase of Liquidmetal Technologies in 2010. The site also claims that this new iPhone will be unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event this June.
While the possibility of a Liquidmetal-sourced back for a future iPhone is not outrageous—Apple has done little publicly thus far with the assets and technologies it acquired from the company—the source of the rumor and the suggestion that the next iPhone will debut at WWDC gives us great pause.
ETNews has a very brief track record of reporting Apple news and its only recent report incorrectly stated that what would become the iPhone 4S would be launched in June of last year (the phone eventually launched in October).
In addition, the “late” launch of the iPhone 4S and multiple other rumors and leaks point to a Fall launch for the next iPhone, further undermining the credibility of the report’s claim that Apple will debut the device at WWDC.
Lastly, we should point out that Apple hasn’t yet announced WWDC 2012, and there’s no indication that the event will take place in June. The specificity of the rumor’s timeline is easy to overlook because Apple has often scheduled the developer conference in June, but it doesn’t inspire confidence at the water cooler in TMO Towers.
As a result, while this is hardly the most ridiculous rumor to get the Internet hopping, the story should definitely be taken with a grain of salt.
Moffett went on to say that Sprint may not have a concrete enough 4G spectrum to launch a cutthroat smartphone, and could possibly falter in comparison with other carriers.
“The problem is 4G,” he said. “Sprint doesn’t have enough free-and-clear spectrum on which to launch a competitive LTE network, and it doesn’t have the money to clear spectrum that’s already in use. We expect Sprint’s competitiveness to begin to blackslide when LTE becomes the nation’s de facto standard.”
However, despite these reservations, the network is continuing to push forward an expansion of its LTE. A report from Techno Buffalo reveals a leaked document indicating that the company is “aggressively rolling out its 4G network across top U.S. mobile markets, perhaps in a bid to prepare itself for a massive 4G iPhone 5 release that could be coming sooner rather than later,” writes Michael Nace of the iPhone 5 News Blog.
According to the tech news website, Sprint is much further along that critics would expect, with the internal document suggesting that the network campaign is underway in Akron, Chicago, Fort Worth, Nashville, New York, Rialto and Stockton.
Earlier in April the company also revealed that 4G LTE service will be coming to six lager markets in June, which is a predicted month for the iPhone 5 launch. The service is already up and running in Kankakee, Ill. according to The Wall Street Journal. A Sprint spokeswoman also told the publication that the carrier has 4G LTE towers functioning in several other markets, but wouldn’t reveal where.
“I find it interesting that they’ve launched the LTE product nationwide without the network more in place” George Colonel, an independent Sprint dealer with four stores near the Cincinnati area, told WSJ. “But unfortunately, sometimes that’s how it’s done.”
Sprint is implementing a strategy to release its LTE-enabled devices before the network is finalized. The LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus are expected to launch on April 22nd and will both feature 4G LTE. This is an effort to keep up with rivals such as Verizon Wireless in being able to offer what is becoming the industry standard.
Sprint’s LTE movement is yet another piece of evidence some iPhone enthusiasts can chalk up to a June release date, but until Apple makes the big announcement there is no way to be sure. In addition to LTE service, the next generation gadget is said to feature OLED display, crack-resistant glass and the iWallet, which is a digital system that allows users to have complete control over financial accounts via their iPhone.
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Full Carrier Agnosticism
One of the nicest things about Apple’s iPhone is that it’s no longer tied to a single carrier. Customers who want the iPhone 4S, for example, can get it from Verizon, Sprint, ATT and a host of regional carriers. When the iPhone 5 launches, expect Apple to make the device available to all of those carriers, as well. Apple realizes that in order to be successful, carrier agnosticism is an absolute necessity.
iPhone 5 Release Date Rumors: Features We Want
Apple’s next generation iPhone created a lot of buzz in the last few months. While we have seen some speculation going bizarre, some have more chances to be finally seen in the next iPhone or iPhone 5.
We have heard about at least hundreds of rumors about the most-awaited phone of 2012. But we have tried to be very discrete about choosing the best and most relevant features that are most likely to be seen and top our wish list.
Let’s check out the list
A Bigger Screen with Retina Display
Till date no iPhone has been bigger than a 3.5-inch. We, the ardent Apple lovers, never complained. But now that all smartphone makers are coming with bigger size (at times some odd 5-inch screen) screen, this time we hope to see a bigger iPhone. It seems we are not the only ones as rumors from all around the world are pouring, anticipating the size of the next generation iPhone.
A few days ago, Reuters reported that Apple would make its next generation iPhone bigger with a 4.6-inch display. But Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets declined the report and informed us that the next-gen iPhone could sport a 4-inch display. The same claim echoed by iMore editor-in-chief Rene Ritchie who said on April 5 that the iPhone 5 would retain its original 3.5-inch screen.
While we get to hear a host of rumors about the size of the phone, keeping in mind Richie’s track record of accurately predicting the iPhone 4S at the time when the world was expecting to see iPhone 5 gives him an advantage over others.
However, some other sources also claimed that iPhone 5 would feature a Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display with 1280 x 720 resolutions (367ppi).
While we cannot expect a revolution in terms of a bigger screen in Apple’s new iPhone 5, we can pin our hopes on a 3D camera.
Apple has recently invented a killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices. This 3D camera will apply to both still photography and video.
While 3D is no more a revolutionary technology in mobile devices, Apple is expected to tweak it and make it something new in iPhone 5.
According to Apple, the existing 3D cameras and video records can get three-dimensional information from objects but they are incapable of getting detailed information of the shapes, surfaces and depth of the objects. By using multiple sensors and cameras, Apple plans to use a series of systems, tools and methods to capture a 3D image and capture its geometric information relating to the surfaces of objects.
Apple’s ultimate aim is to capture light and image information in such a way that would create an incredible 3D image that can be seen without glasses.
On January 12, 2012, the US Patent Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new 3D GUI for iOS mobile devices.
The patent clarifies that the new 3D UI will work with proximity sensor arrays and will respond to gestures.
Even Apple accepts that “[D]ue to the limited size of the typical display on a mobile device, a 3D GUI can be difficult to navigate using conventional means, such as a finger or stylus,” but Apple’s intelligent interface would offer an overview of a 3D display environment that would provide data from the gyroscope to detect hand-movements in front of the screen working as an “imaginary camera viewfinder.”
Well, we are not sure whether this feature will be on the next iPhone but we would certainly hope to see it.
According to an April 4 report published by the Korea Times, Apple might launch an OLED display instead of the LCD to OLED display in its next iPhone.
Apple’s biggest rival Samsung has also announced its aim to switch from LCD to OLED technology. In that case, it’s easy for us to understand why Apple is also planning to change its display from LCD to OLED.
Reportedly, Apple has bought $7.8 billion worth of material from Samsung in 2011. The list includes memory chips to LCD panels. But, the company is also expected to buy $11 billion worth of parts this year, which indicates that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to buy more expensive display material to use it in its next iPhone.
Retinal and OLED combination, a sure win for Apple!
We all are somewhat certain about the LTE feature that would be introduced in iPhone 5. Since the new iPad 3 was launched with the 4G support, it is expected that the iPhone 5 will come with radio bands for 4G LTE support.
And, if rumors come true, then the company will have to make the device a little thicker to accommodate a larger circuit board and a bigger battery. This was the reason why Apple rejected the plan of implementing 4G LTE in its iPhone 4S. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a company earnings conference call in April 2011, said, “First-generation LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.”
Another major patent won by Apple March 6 is a technology called iWallet, which lets users complete control to manage banking accounts on their iPhones. The technology, which also integrates Near Field Communication, will give users the ability to see their entire credit card profiles, statements and messages from their banks, and even set parental controls for their children. The statement will be directly sent to the iTunes account of the user so that users can keep track of their payments and statements within the iTunes billing system, which keeps credit card information and records safe and secure.
Quad core processor is the latest trend in the smartphone market now. And Apple will make no mistake this time to pack the strong processor which can support the speculated Retina display and other powerful apps including Siri.
The Verge has reported that the next iPhone will see the introduction of the rumored A6 processor that will clock in at superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
The list, however, will be never-ending. But among other features that we desperately want to see in the latest iPhone, would be A5X Chip, 1 GB Of RAM, improved Siri, better battery to support the high resolution display, nanotech coating for making the device waterproof, system for multi-player gaming and so on.
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The inevitable iPhone 5 might not be out in the West yet, but it’s out in China. And it’s delicious-looking.
This “mango-flavored” ice cream treat boasts a “Western-style flavor” and is shaped like Apple’s iconic logo. It kind of looks like a fried egg. There also appears to be a pear-flavored version, but apparently no Apple-flavored one. Because that would be weird.
The ice cream carries the name “iPhone 5″ in English, because Apple didn’t register its trademarks across a variety of industries. This means that cheeky Chinese companies can slap a trademark on iPhone frozen snacks and companies are applying for iPhone branded hiking equipment and iPad branded concrete.
In China, the iPhone 5 is so damn good, you can taste it. Literally.